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Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate StoutKerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout
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Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Kerplunk! Imperial Chocolate Stout is named for the delicious sound made as large amounts of Wilbur chocolate and west coast hops are added directly into the simmering brew kettle. This hefty black Imperial-style stout boasts a rich caramel sweetness lavished by a robust, deep-roasted heartiness you can sink your two front teeth into. The bold flavors found in Kerplunk! are produced using a generous blend of roasted barley, crystal malts and locally produced chocolate. The resulting brew exhibits a deliciously complex and unique profile of subtle mocha coffee and intense chocolate, balanced nicely by the underlying roasted hop bitterness.

Added by Deuane on 01-21-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
35
Ratings:
120
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
17.34%
 
 
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Photo of ajilllau
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer & spring house is one of my favorite breweries. Kerplunk has an extremely chocolatey smell and an equally chocolate taste. It wasn't as heavy or creamy as other stouts but it's not necessarily a bad thing. If you like flavored stouts then definitely give this one a try.

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Photo of pinyin
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served from the 22 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter at 38F. No bottle date.

Dark, black stout. Whitish velvety head.

Smells like raw Hershey's chocolate and roasty malts. Very clean and balanced.

If you've ever had Spring House's Big Gruesome Chocolate Peanut Butter Stout, this is the base beer, minus the dried peanut butter. I prefer Kerplunk to Big Gruesome. They really have this recipe dialed in and this is an excellent stout for the price point. Probably the best from PA, and certainly one of my favorite brands when searching out a stout. The flavor profile here is like a semi sweet dark chocolate bar. Really well balanced.

Extremely drinkable and really smooth mouthfeel. Hides the 8% ABV really well. Head retention is really nice and this stout also changes flavor with temperature. The warmer it gets, the more the flavor profile expands.

Definitely my favorite Spring House product thus far.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz

Pours jet black, quarter inch of light tan head retains well.

Smells of rich cocoa, vanilla, and caramel. Retains as a film.

Tastes of biscuit, almond, chocolate, vanilla, and walnut. Dry coffee notes in the finish.

Medium to full body with stinging carbonation.

Very nice velvety stout with a nice aroma. The flavor could stand to be a tad richer. Very enjoyable though and worth trying.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another bomber snagged from the House of 1,000 beers for $8.50 tax included. Into a mason jar glass.

A - Very nice looking stout thick looking and pitch black with a 1/2 inch of head that takes a minute to clear to a nice lace ring.
S - Smells of chocolate (obviously) with some bakers and cocoa nibs with mild coffee aromas and a bit of hops.
T - Good chocolate notes with nice coffee roasts balancing to a great sweetness level with hops mending pretty well mostly on the sweet rather than bitter side. I love it.
M - Quite creamy and smooth medium body easy to drink.

Overall I kind of like this one a tad bit more than the Space Bean because the body is more thick and rounded possibly since it's an imperial stout. May get it again if its still around.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Black color. Not quite a finger of fizzy light brown head formed and fell just as quickly. No lacing left.

4.5 S: This smells a lot like ST Crème Brulee, which means it smells awesome. Loads of milk and semi-sweet chocolate. Supple roasted barley and breakfast blend coffee. Hints of caramel and a touch of molasses. The chocolate is simply wonderful in this.

3.75 T: Taste like it smells for the most part, just not as potent. Chocolate forward with a moderate sweetness. Less coffee than the nose, but still some. Caramel, roasted barley, and some toastiness. It tastes good, but could use some more maltiness.

3.25 M: Lighter medium to medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Just a small touch of creaminess. This would greatly benefit from a thicker body (and more maltiness in the taste would help as well).

3.75 D: I like it and would drink again, but this could have been something great if there was just a bit more malt in there.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Black pour (big surprise ... it's a stout). Thin, dark ring of toffee colored lacing, no carbonation.

S - Roasted chocolate, cocoa, and mocha.

T - Roasted chocolate, cocoa, some char, and mocha with a bitter roasted chocolate ending.

M - Thin medium body, slick.

O - This is a solid stout, just wish it had a thicker body. The ABV is extremely well hidden.

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Photo of taylor714914
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint with a thin cap of tan head. Smells of chocolate, dark crystal malts, hints and of coffee and slight smokiness.

Taste is rich with bitter chocolate, sweet milk chocolate, smokey black malt, slight hop bitterness, and a twinge of espresso.

Mouthfeel is a little thin for my liking, but the carbonation is nice and the beer isn't oily or syrupy.

Surprisingly it doesn't sit heavy in the stomach.

Worth trying for sure, and much better balanced than ST choklat

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Photo of colts9016
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Heineken Mug at 50.

Appearance: A two finger head that has a persistent head that left lacing on the glass. The color of the head is medium tan that is foamy and creamy The color of the beer is dark brown, like used motor oil. The clarity of the beer is opaque.

Nose: A dark malt with chocolate, caramel, biscuit, and bread. Other aromas are fruity esters, coffee, alcohol, phenols, molasses, and an earthy tone.

Taste: A dense rich roasted malt with chocolate, caramel, and biscuit. Other flavors is bread, fruity esters, coffee, alcohol, phenols, and molasses.

The mouth feel of the beer is coating, carbonated, and warm.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is full. This is a good chocolate stout, but there is not a thick body to the beer. The body of the beer needs more oomph. Great flavors and very flavorful.

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Photo of cps98
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A – Pours a midnight black with a healthy 2 finger mocha colored head. The head fades to a nice ring around the glass. Really nice sticky lacing is present.

S – Smells like bitter dark chocolate with small hints of coffee and roasted malt.

T – Nothing over the top, the bitter dark chocolate was present. Lots of dark roasted malt. No hop bitterness detected at all in this beer.

M – Nice full bodied beer with really nice carbonation for that extra tingle on the tongue.

O – Overall this was a really nice stout from Springhouse minus the extra ingredients he normally tosses into the mix. I really enjoyed this and look forward to getting some more.

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is very dark brown (near black) in color and poured with a thin tan head.
S: There are light aromas of chocolate in the nose.
T: Flavors of coffee and vanilla captivate your taste buds; the finish has a chocolate aftertaste.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a light amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very easy to drink because the alcohol is well masked. I would definitely try this again because all of the chocolaty flavors.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

opaque black as night liquid with a very full two inch plus head of tan creamy and sticky foamy lace on top.

lots of aromas of lactose and chocolate and a bit of coffee. I almost picked up some licorice in there as well. First thing that hits you is the ton of lactose sugar and a wall of chocolate. Deep german dark chocolate mixed in with some bron sugar and a touch of coffee. Definatly some licorice in here too. Super creamy. It had ample carbonation which really hung around well throughout the sesson and helped to give it a really full feel.

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Photo of youbrewidrink
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SBALDWIN for getting this to me nice and fresh.

The color was black and dense, no real head to speak of.

The aroma was light of roasted malt and chocolate.

The flavor is the real winner here. I particularly enjoyed the lack of sweetness, the nice dry intense chocolate flavor works really well.

Unfortunately the mouth feel was a little lacking, this was just a little too thin, it's too bad because the carbonation was spot on.

Drinkablity is right up there. All in all a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.81/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this.

A: The pour is almost black with a finger of mocha head which subsides fairly quickly.

S: Super, super roasty. There's a lot of coffee and ash as well as a bit of milk chocolate and some dark chocolate as well. Not a very complex nose as it's mostly dominated by the heavy roasted malt character.

T: The intense level of roast follows through on the flavor. Lots of roasted malt, ash, and char. There seems to be maybe a bit of bleach in there, too. I don't get too much chocolate, maybe a bit of bitter dark chocolate. It's also sort of watery.

M: The body is a bit on the thin end of medium with a medium level of carbonation.

D: I liked Planet Bean quite a bit, so I was looking forward to trying this one, but it really didn't live up to my expectations.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good lookin out torino for sharing this bottle

A: poured a dark as night black in color with brown highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: it did have a nice dark chocolate aroma upfront with some smokey, roasty, malts, and hints of oat grains but faint booze as well.

T: the taste had more coffee character but wqas also really smokey and roasty with a mild hop bite. It had chocolate and oat grain accents with a touch of booze.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a smokey, roasty, sweet, and slight hoppy finish.

D: it was pretty thin and drank good but once again I really don't dig RIS with hop character; still a decent brew.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this sample at the brewery on 12/24 -served in a plastic cup.

The stout looks appealing with dark brown solid opaque color and a head that comes and goes in medium brown hues, lace sticking is good. The smell is like german chocolate cake! The fresh cooca is sweet smelling, but you can tell it is dark too by the subtle bitterness of course at 30 ibus it is probably the hops giving off some aroma. There is practically no alcohol in the aroma which is good considering it is 8%. The feel is not as good as the aroma to me. It is a little bitter and dry with slight acidity and mild alcohol with slight astringency of dark malt.

The flavor is good, but does not have the same amount of cocoa as the aroma leads you to believe. It is there, but so is the strong body of an imperial stout with slight hop and malt bitterness. The flavor is dry and seems to have some alcohol flavor near the end of the sample with mild spice and dry roastiness. This is a pretty tasty and drinkable chocolate beer, pretty impressed with all the cocoa flavor standing out in such a strong stout and it is balanced fairly well considering all that is going on.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at the brewery on 2010-12-11.

A - Rich, dark brown with a short, tan head.

S - Not overly complex but some deliscious sweet chocolate from the Wilbur Buds (local chocolate candy).

T - Big cocoa and dark chocolate, a little coffee, dark roasted grain. There's enough sweetness to compliment the chocolate flavor but not cloying at all. The IBU=30, which is enough to give it character and balance. Very good. Compares favorably with a Rogues Double Chocolate Stout.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation yield a smooth, fairly crisp stout.

D - Well it's delicious and refreshing so very drinkable.

Here's a hint: Mix it 50 / 50 with Two Front Teeth for a cherry-chocolate treat!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. Reviewed from notes.

Pours jet black with a tan head and some nice legs on the way down. The nose is straight sweetened chocolate. Delciious. The taste is liquid milk chocolate with some hints of darker, more bitter chocolate. Feel is nice and creamy with great carbonation. Really tasty, but a bit much for more than a six or so ounce serving.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Devin, thanks Devin.

Beer served in a tulip glass. Beer is brown with a minimal head and no lacing. Carbonation is a mystery.

The aroma is quite strong, a little hot, coffee and roast.

Beer is quite ashy in my mouth. Almost smokey. Lots of coffee, hints of chocolate, minimal carbonation. Mouthfeel and body are quite smooth and its pretty drinkable. The ash flavor gets to me though.

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Photo of stakem
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken 3/20/10

Pours black in color with some browness rounding out the edges. A finger of tan head appears with a curtain of lace left all around the glassware. Nose is dominated by a sweet aroma of chocolate with stout characteristics faintly present in the background. Taste is comprised of mostly bitter chocolate with a light feel and miderate level of carbonation. The aftertaste is chocolate with some bittering hops present.

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Photo of meatyard
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque, dark black/brown with ruby tinges at the bottom edge of the glass. It has a 2-finger, light brown head with good retention but with little lacing until it gets down to the last 3/8".
The smell is cocoa powder and dark chocolate.
The taste is also cocoa powder, dark chocolate along with a bitter, burnt coffee flavor.
Mouthfeel is very smooth and medium towards full though it thins out upon warming.
Drinkability: A good but not amazing stout. The burnt coffee bitterness drags it down for me. Alcohol is nicely hidden.
As this beer warms up a lot some of that bitterness recedes. This is a beer that feels that with some tweaking could really improve to a very good, sought after beer.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You can see through the pour, but it's an opaque darkness in the glass. The head pours deep and stiff, light tan and foamy; fades slowly to sheets of Belgian lacing. The smell is fairly aggressive, malty chalky side of NECCO chocolate mixed with a littler sweeter dark Hershey canned syrup. A bright tingle of carbonation, the mouth feel is lighter than my favorite Double Stouts. Full flavored, the chocolate taste is darker, slightly on the bitter side and lingers appropriately...adding nicely to the total drinkability. The 8.1% ABV is nicely integrated. This one is a real nice drinker. Many thanks Ryan!

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Photo of gford217
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle courtesy of akorsak.

Pours deep, deep brown, almost black, with a small but very thick tan head that recedes to a swirl along the top with decent lacing.

The aroma is good but very tame for an impy stout (if that's what this really is). There is sweet dark chocolate and lightly roasted black malts. Hints of caramel and vanilla as well.

The taste is a slightly more roasted version of the aroma with the addition of some hop bitterness up front. There is a bitter, almost chalky/ashy character in the finish. The sweetness of the aroma is replaced by a drier cocoa-like taste.

The mouthfeel is a little light for an imperial stout, almost watery, with light carbonation. It's got the feel of a regular stout honestly. Not a bad thing, but definitely not as big as I was expecting.

All in all, this is a tasty chocolate stout but doesn't really compare to most imperial stouts out there. A very good stout, a slightly above average imperial stout.

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Photo of Overlord
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kind of an interesting blend of styles. Thanks for the brew!

Pours a dark brown with a black interior. Light brown foam. Surprising amount of head given the ABV. Took a few minutes to settle down.

Smells like ashy, burnt cocoa powder, .... bittering hops ...? ..., some coffee, and more coffee. The coffee is a bit of a surprise. The bottle said "chocolate," right?

Taste is too ashy and bitter. I mean, I wouldn't mind if the label was misleading, which it is, but the beer is a bit of misfire. The hops and burnt malt flavoring give it a weird charred bittering flavor, with a tad bit of chocolate and a brackish coffee.

A bit thin, as well.

Certainly not a bad beer, but neither is it wondrous and resplendent with glory.

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Photo of BeerSquid
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Incredibly tasty beer. Poured from growler into pint glass.

A- Great, dark pour settling with thick almond coloured head and beautiful lace as it is consumed.

S- Roasted malts and cocoa bean

T- Very nice, creamy and smooth. VERY potent dark chocolate finish that really lingers on the breath.

M- Creamy and smooth.

D- Very tasty beverage to enjoy anytime.

EXCELLENT JOB ON THIS ONE MATT!
*If you have the opportunity to be ANYWHERE near Conestoga PA, and consider yourself anything of a beer lover, go to Spring House.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark, near black color. Nice thick, sludgy brown head. When first whiffed and sampled, this beer was an almost one dimensional blend of bitter cocoa power and chocolate cake batter. As it warms, the complexities begin to expand as the nuances of the chocolate come into their own in both the nose and taste. Smell contains a tad too much burnt grain and floral hops which gets in the way of the chocolate. Taste is full flavored, yet very bitter due to the nature of the chocolate and hops. Body is thinner than i would have wished, still creamy, yet feels almost watery at times. Very conflicted with this beer... when the taste is there, it is excellent, but a few things seem to get in the way.

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Kerplunk Imperial Chocolate Stout from Spring House Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 120 ratings.
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